Austrian MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Marquez in spectacular duel

    Andrea Dovizioso climbs onto the top step of the podium for the first time, following his win at the opening round in Qatar.

    Published On Aug 12, 2019 04:50:00 PM

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    Andrea Dovizioso defeated Marc Marquez in Austria to hand Ducati its fourth straight premier class win at the Red Bull Ring. The past three occasions have had Marquez finishing in an extremely close 2nd and this time was no different. In what ended up being one of the closest races of the season, Dovizioso pulled a stunning move on Marquez on the very last corner to cross the line first – reminiscent of what happened between the two at the same corner in 2017. 

    The drama ensued as soon as the lights went out, with the two scrapping for the lead. This allowed top-rookie Fabio Quartararo to get past the duo after starting 3rd. As the race settled down at the front, Dovizioso took the lead with Marquez falling to 4th, only to make his way up to 2nd by the fifth lap. The two then started to pull away from the rest of the pack; Dovizioso managed to keep Marquez at bay until he got past on lap 9. The Italian maintained a strong pace, however, and remained within milliseconds of Marquez for the rest of the race. With just a few corners left, the two swapped places at almost every corner leading to the chequered flag, but Dovizioso’s last-second move ensured that he sealed the victory.

    It was a good weekend for Yamaha, with Quartararo finishing 3rd, while Valentino Rossi’s factory Yamaha finished 4th and Maverick Vinales crossing the finish line right behind him in 5th place. Alex Rins finished just 0.021s behind Vinales. 

    Francesco Bagnaia claimed the best result of his maiden MotoGP season, with a 7th place finish after Pramac Ducati teammate Jack Miller crashed out from 4th place in the early stages of the race. Miguel Oliveira finished 8th for Tech3 KTM with the other factory Ducati of Danilo Petrucci down in 9th. Petronas SRT Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli rounded out the top 10. 

    The race also had its fair share of DNFs – just a lap into the race, it was disaster for KTM at their home Grand Prix when Pol Espargaro’s bike lost power mid-corner, leaving Cal Crutchlow who was behind him, with nowhere to go. Tito Rabat, Jack Miller and Hafizh Syahrin were the other non-finishers.

    Result:

    POS

    RIDER

    TEAM

    BIKE

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Andrea Dovizioso

    Ducati

    Ducati

    28

    39m34.771s

    2

    Marc Marquez

    Honda

    Honda

    28

    0.213s

    3

    Fabio Quartararo

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    28

    6.117s

    4

    Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    28

    7.719s

    5

    Maverick Vinales

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    28

    8.674s

    6

    Alex Rins

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    28

    8.695s

    7

    Francesco Bagnaia

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    28

    16.021s

    8

    Miguel Oliveira

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    28

    16.206s

    9

    Danilo Petrucci

    Ducati

    Ducati

    28

    17.350s

    10

    Franco Morbidelli

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    28

    20.510s

    11

    Takaaki Nakagami

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    28

    22.273s

    12

    Johann Zarco

    KTM

    KTM

    28

    25.503s

    13

    Stefan Bradl

    Honda

    Honda

    28

    31.962s

    14

    Aleix Espargaro

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    28

    34.741s

    15

    Karel Abraham

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    28

    48.109s

    16

    Andrea Iannone

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    27

    1  lap

    -

    Tito Rabat

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    20

    Retirement

    -

    Jack Miller

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    7

    Retirement

    -

    Hafizh Syahrin

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    2

    Retirement

    -

    Pol Espargaro

    KTM

    KTM

    1

    Retirement

    -

    Cal Crutchlow

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    1

    Retirement

     

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